|Plot Summary of The Kidnappers|
|"Eleven-year-old Joey Bishop is not having a good day. First, the day before he accidentally bloodied the nose of Willie Groves, a classmate and bully. Willie vows to beat him up that afternoon. While hiding out from his enemy, Joey witnesses an apparent kidnapping with the victim being Willie!
Because of Joey's previous "flights of fancy" in the imagination department, the boy cannot convince anyone of what he has seen. Neither the family chaffeur Ernie, the housekeeper Junie, older siblings Mark and Sophie, nor his parents believe him. Only Joey's best friend Pink has trust in the lad's story.
After a series of events occur, Joey's banker father begins to think that the story may have merit, especially after he makes a car to the Groves' house and doesn't get a response.
The mystery deepens as Joey begins to recall other details about the kidnapping, resulting in him having to give a description to the police that now appear to have an interest in the case.
The kidnapping hits closer to home when Joey himself is abducted by the kidnappers due to poor judgment on the boy's part. It is then that the boy discovers that one of the kidnappers is known to him.
As the story reaches its conclusion, Joey must use all his wits to save himself as well as his peer Willie."
Reginald D. Garrard, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Kidnappers|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
Time/era of story:
Kid or adult book?
- Ages 7-14
- escape/rescue from kidnappers
General Crime (including known murderer)
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
- Smarter than most other characters
- healthy but a geeky weakling
The antagonists are:
- mostly 1st
How many deaths?
- 0 (not a murder mystery)
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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